F.J. Reece Pure Botanic Beer Bottle

A stoneware, alcohol-free, botanical beer bottle, from Victorian or early 20th century Wales. Second-hand.
Availability: Out of stock.
Stock ID: 1316

What's for sale?

This is an original, stoneware bottle for selling alcohol-free, botanical beer. This is from the late 19th or early 20th centuries, and was used by the F.J. Reece brewery of Newtown and Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Their transfer print on the front promotes it as a "pure botanic beer" and "non-intoxicating".

Stoneware bottles like this were produced in huge numbers, mostly similar in shape and so differentiated their contents by colours and branding. Some had a screw top, while many had cork bungs.

This example is threaded inside the neck for a screw top and unusually, the maker is identified by their  impressed mark on the side. It reads "Bourne Denby" referring to Joseph Bourne & Son Ltd of Denby in Derbyshire, a well known and collectable pottery maker in themselves.

Because they were mass-produced and made to be thrown away, many will have firing faults, rough patches or imperfect printing. Those that are still around today may also have survived being in a rubbish tip before being rediscovered.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In very good condition
  • The body is undamaged and there are no major faults
  • The lettering is clear

What are the measurements?

  • 17cm high (6.75 inches)
  • 7cm in diameter (2.75 inches)
  • 540 grams

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Item Attributes
Attribute nameAttribute value
PeriodEarly 20th century (1900-1949)
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